Paul Vana’s Canteen

National Rd., Mahatao, Batanes

Paul Vana’s Canteen
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Darlene M.
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For our last day in Batanes, we did the South tour. Lunch was at Paulvana's in Bgy. Uvoy, Mahatao. We made a reservation via our tour guide and told her that we want to eat authentic local cuisine. The place is just walking distance from Mahatao church. The canteen has a simple interior, with wooden chairs and tables. There's also a tv showing a documentary about Batanes and the dining area wasn't crowded when we got there even if it's lunch time.
When we got seated, the food was served after a few minutes. We were served Luñes, venes, uvod, a pork with vegetable dish, rice and kamote fries.
Uvod is meatballs made with combination of ground meat and banana heart. The meatballs are served with a hearty broth. Luñes is their version of adobo but the meat is served dry with no sauce in this case. Meanwhile, Venes is the Ivatan version of laing. The pork dish is served with carrots and pineapples and has a sweet sauce. Similar to afritada but without the tomato sauce. Or it could have been igado. I forgot to ask our server what was the name of the dish.
Their uvod, luñes and venes were perfectly seasoned and tasty. The only problem was our stomach werent big enough to finish all of it. Out of all the dishes, my favorites were the uvod and kamote fries. I would have loved to eat the dishes with turmeric rice though.
When we finished our rice, they gave us more. The service staff was also attentive.
Will definitely recommend to try when you're in Mahatao.


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Mae A.
5.0 Stars

Finally got to experience legit Ivatan cuisine! Good thing our tour stopped by this place. They serve one mean luñes & venes. Plus, their sweet potato fries are the best! Couldn't stop munching on it! They even gave us one bag full of it before we left their place.

Yeah, I was one happy kid after this. 128522

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